Author: HSDL Staff

Ready for Another Immigration Debate? President Challenges Congress to Take Action

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, President Obama challenged Congress “to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in this country right now.” Immigration reform has been a hotly debated issue that has not gone away, an issue that was debated heavily...

The Second Inauguration of Barack Obama

On January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama delivered his Second Inaugural Address. The speech highlighted hot topics such as immigration, the economic recession, war in the Middle East, gay rights, and healthcare, while emphasizing the importance of national unity and cooperation in resolving these issues over the next four years....

Law Enforcement and Mental Health Efforts: A Vital Strategy to Protect Our Communities

In the wake of violence committed by those with mental illnesses, proper response has proven vital in saving lives and protecting law enforcement officers. The Council of State Governments Justice Center has prepared a report which discusses the way individual states across the country are now forming policies and community...

What is the Cost of Failing to Invest in Infrastructure?

The report Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Future from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) “presents an overall picture of the economic opportunity associated with infrastructure investment and the cost of failing to fill the investment gap.” “ASCE finds that with an...

Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence

The White House released today “Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence”. The report outlines the Obama Administration’s Plan for gun control and includes four key points: 1. “Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands;...

Access Denied: How the Gun Lobby is Depriving Police, Policy Makers, and the Public of the Data We Need to Prevent Gun Violence

Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a report titled, Access Denied: How the Gun Lobby is Depriving Police, Policy Makers, and the Public of the Data We Need to Prevent Gun Violence. The new report investigates “the efforts by the gun lobby, with the cooperation of Congress, to suppress data and...

U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East

The Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy released a report this month on developing a more effective strategy for the Middle East. “It is imperative for the United States to develop and implement a comprehensive nonproliferation strategy for the Middle East (defined by this report to include North Africa)....

Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June 2012, Released

Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June 2012 The Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released its crime statistics for the first half of 2012. Entitled, “Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June 2012”, the statistics contained in four tables and a series of spreadsheets indicate...

Preliminary Report on Improving the Strength and Resilience of New York State’s Infrastructure

NYS 2100 Commission: Recommnedations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State’s Infrastructure On Friday, January 11, 2013, the NYS2100 Commission released its preliminary report and recommendations following several severe weather events that have crippled New York’s critical infrastructure systems. “On November 15, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened...